Ten Emails For A Blessing
What are your feelings about christian emails saying "send to ten people in ten minutes, and you'll get a blessing at 11:00, or "send this to 10 people if you're not ashamed of Christ"? Do you feel they represent the way God would want us to share His good news?
Moderator - It's a very poor witness.
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---lynet on 7/20/06
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I agree about the spiritual blackmail. If you think about it, these emails either say that if you don't send them on, you don't love Jesus - only God can judge the heart and it's intent. Another thing these emails will say is that if you don't send them on, the opposite will happen, and you will be cursed or something bad will happen to you - this is basicly speaking curses (not blessing) onto people, which Jesus said we are to bless and NOT curse.
---Leslie on 9/29/08|
While such messages may seem innocent, most of them include a darker unspoken subtext.
Most are well-meaning spiritual blackmail ("You MUST stop what you are doing and forward the message NOW - or you are not a good Christian"), and at worst a sorcerous curse ("If you don't forward this, bad things will happen to you. To avoid this, you must send this to your friends (and to avoid the curse, THEY must send it to all THEIR friends...))
Avoid ANY email saying "forward to all your friends". If everyone did, it would soon clog every mail server in the world. Such messages EXPECT most people WON'T forward them (and expecting people will ignore you is a bad way to do business.)
---StrongAxe on 9/28/08|
These emails are basicly a "Christian" version of a chain letter. You start to become supersticious, rather than relying on God's Word.
---Leslie on 9/26/08|
I is an electronic chain letter. Many that I received said that I would get good luck. Since I don't believe in luck, I didn't send them. I concider them to be a very poor way to witness.
---Rev_Herb on 6/1/07|
No mines did too.
---Melissa on 11/24/06|
I go to the message right away. If the message is good, then I will absorb the message. Normally I delete evrything after reading.
---Bebet3754 on 8/12/06|
Alot of these e-chain letters have spyware attached. They prey on innocent victims' emotionalism. It's a way of hacking in and seeing what you type of consumer you are, interests, etc. If you keep forwarding w/everyone's address attached in the From: area, they can contaminate the whole lot.
---Raine on 8/12/06|
Whenever I get those emails I delete them immediately. God does not bless people that way.
---Helen_5378 on 8/12/06|
I refuse to send anything like that, especially if it tells me if I do so will bring me luck. It grates on my total being for it is no different than a chain letter and I hate those or anything that promises something for nothing. No it isn't what God would have us do,its a bunch of hogwash.
---Darlene_1 on 8/12/06|
Most e-mails like this are worthless drivel. On rare occasions I have forwarded the message or photo but substituted my own ending:
"If you delete this message nothing bad will happen to you as a result. I have no idea how long this has been on the Internet and there is no chain to break. If you do not forward it, neither Jesus nor anyone else will think you are ashamed of Him. Jesus loves you. Have a blessed day."
---Donna2277 on 7/22/06|
2. I usually delete them, but if I do read one that has a good message, and I'd like to share it, I send a disclaimer along.
I agree with the moderator, it is a very poor witness.
---lynet on 7/21/06|
Thanks for your responses. I asked the question becasue I get those and I'm sometimes torn because the messages are might be good, biblical ones. Then the ending challenges my faith and belief in Christ. There is no comparison when it comes to sending junk emails and jokes etc. The word of God always come s first, and an email is a good way of sheairng it.
---lynet on 7/21/06|
I agree with the moderator. It is not only a poor witness, it is an outright lie. God does not bless us according to how many emails we send out.
---Susie on 7/21/06|
The ones I usually get are childish so I delete them, but they are right about being blessed by spreading the gospel. We always reap what we sow.
---augusta on 7/21/06|
Of course, the "send to 10 people...and you'll get..." is nonsense and the messages usually aren't worth forwarding either. If I DO forward them, I delete the last part.
The ones I really can't stand are those that say "If you aren't ashamed of Jesus, you'll send this to everyone you know..." ( or something to that effect) That just makes my blood boil.
---Donna2277 on 7/20/06|
They are reprehensible and one of the worst forms of internet garbage. Spam,.
---Bruce5656 on 7/20/06|
Always when I receive one of those emails I delete it immediately. They are proclaiming a lie.
---Helen_5378 on 7/20/06|
No I don't. We should be knocking on door to door to spread the good news about Jesus. or go to the Nursing Homes, they have no body. We need to go out in the world, (be apart from it) and spread the news about Jesus. On the internet, no ones who you are and really if these people are Christians or not.
---Rebecca_D on 7/20/06|